Year 12 Mercy Girl Anita Donovan has been declared National Senior Public Speaking Champion in the 2014 Rostrum Voice of Youth competition.
By winning the NSW State title a month ago, Anita qualified for the National Final in Adelaide held on July 26. The event saw fourteen of the best student speakers in the country: seven in the Junior section and seven in the Senior section.Anita now joins an elite group of students who have won the shield in the forty years that Rostrum Voice of Youth has been held. The Voice of Youth is widely acknowledged as the foremost student competition in Australia, not only because it involves all States but also because of the huge number of students who take part across the country.
In an outstanding performance, Year 12 student Anita Donovan has achieved what is one of the pinnacles of public speaking by winning the 2014 State final of the Senior division of Rostrum Voice of Youth.
The event was held on the first day of the winter holidays at the Legislative Assembly chambers of NSW Parliament House.
Anita displayed remarkable poise and talent to defeat the other finalists, each of whom had proven their ability by reaching this level of a competition that is recognised nationally as the most challenging of all public speaking competitions for students.
For the sixth year in a row OLMC hosted the KidsView Conference on Wednesday May 21, 2014. The social justice conference aims to help students explore the complex reality of poverty and encourage them to action.
The conference is organised by Bahay Tuluyan (House of Welcome), a Filipino non-government organisation that works with children who have been abused, exploited and neglected.
Conference facilitator Catherine Scerri, an Australian volunteer who has worked in the Philippines with street children for over nine years, says the conference is a chance to engage young people to become motivated to learn more about the world and challenge them to build a socially just world.
At the conference, Mercy Girls explored complex issues of work, education, health and food for people living in poverty by participating in, with students from other schools, a variety of workshops led by passionate young people.
The OLMC Community has banded together to raise over $2000 for the Typhoon Haiyan Appeal. Donations came in from generous students, parents and staff who contributed in a number of ways including to a sausage sizzle.
This money will be sent to the Australian Red Cross Tyhoon Haiyan Appeal to help:• provide emergency relief, rehabilitation and recovery assistance to communities affected by Typhoon Haiyan (including the Philippines and Vietnam)
• support water and sanitation, shelter and health initiatives in affected areas
• send specialist aid workers to assist in initial assessments, relief, recovery and longer term disaster management operations
• support Red Cross longer term programs and the work of our Red Cross Red Crescent partners in the affected areas.
Students, families and staff also gave generously to the annual St Vincent de Paul Hampers initiative, enabling the College to create 58 Christmas hampers to be given to families in need. It is through the generosity and dedication of students, parents and staff that this annual event remains so successful and it is a great way of reaching out to people in the local community who are facing difficulties at Christmas.
On behalf of the Sisters of Mercy and the College Board we are very pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Stephen Walsh as the new Principal of OLMC Parramatta. We are confident that Stephen will bring to the role a deep faith, a strong understanding of and passion for the education of girls and a commitment to the mission of the Sisters of Mercy.
With a career in Catholic education of nearly 30 years, Stephen is an experienced educator with leadership experience spanning 15 years, including significant time in girls schools. In 2006 he was appointed to his current role as Principal of St Joseph’s Catholic College Gosford, a girls’ school in the Diocese of Broken Bay.
Stephen holds the qualifications of Master of Education (Curriculum) and Bachelor of Education. He currently is on the Board of Directors for Stella Maris College, Manly and is the President of the Association of Affiliated Josephite Secondary Schools in Australia/New Zealand.
This Principal’s position at OLMC, attracted an unusually high number of very well qualified applicants. The selection committee, that included a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy, the Chair and Deputy Chair of the Board and an experienced principal from another independent girls’ school, assisted by an external consultant, conducted an extensive recruitment process and concluded that Stephen Walsh was clearly the best person for the role. We were looking for the person who demonstrated the commitment, passion and capabilities to continue to build OLMC as an outstanding high performing girls’ school in the Mercy tradition.
Stephen Walsh will be the ninth Principal of OLMC and will bring an ideal combination of professional leadership abilities and a strong background in curriculum and contemporary pedagogy. He will commence at OLMC on 21 October and will work with the current Principal, Mrs Kitty Guerin until her retirement at the end of December. Stephen will formally take up the role as Principal in 2014.
We take this opportunity to congratulate Stephen on his appointment to such a significant role and invite you to welcome him into the OLMC community.
Catherine Ryan rsm
Congregation Leader, Sisters of Mercy Parramatta
Chair of the Board, OLMC Parramatta